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Things of beauty are a joy forever

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For the past two summers, we have watched workmen planting trees along Chief Peguis Trail.

I could not resist speaking to one of the workmen doing his job. I asked, "How many trees did you all plant?"

His answer came quickly: "Five thousand".  

Now that’s a lot of trees but they will be very welcome as they mature and bring beauty to the road.

We are indeed fortunate that someone planned to do this wonderful work.

Next I noticed Emerald cedars planted near the townhouses on our street. These cedars are very short right now, only two feet tall. But they have been planted so close together that one wonders how they will have growing room. In a spot hardly 40 square feet, I counted 50 trees.

Then I walked along the sidewalk, counting, counting... until I reached the grand total of 176!

That’s a lot of trees planted so close to each other, maybe about two feet apart.
But I suppose the workmen knew what they were doing. And I can hardly wait to see if all 176 Emerald cedars make it through the winter.

What will it look like here if they all grow up? It is indeed exciting to visualize that many new trees here.

I also enjoy walking past the statues of the wolves at both ends of the freeway from Henderson Highway to Lagimodiere Boulevard. Apparently each wolf weighs around 700-800 pounds and it took three years to complete the project. The details of their construction were written up in this paper a few weeks ago. A truly amazing job.

The task of making each one look a little different from the next was done so well. I don’t really know which particular pose is my favourite. It is remarkable how the wolves have a different colour since the change from summer warmth to winter’s chill.

The background against which the wolves are set is also fascinating. When I saw them in summertime, the wolves near Henderson Highway seemed out of place near a road that had so much traffic. But then I saw them at the other end; no commercial background, such as stores, parked automobiles or apartment buildings. Only more green grass, trees and bushes. It seems more correct to have that as their environment than the scenes from the city.

Anyway, I’m so happy that there are people in this town who take the time to bring beauty to our surroundings. Long may we enjoy the lovely sight.  

Bertha Klassen is a community correspondent for Elmwood.

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